463 PNP CANDIDATES INVITED TO APPLY FOR CANADIAN PR
Aug 18, 2021
PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool needed a CRS score of at least 751 in order to receive an invitation.
Canada invited 463 provincial nominees in the Express Entry pool to apply for permanent residence on August 18.
In order to receive an invitation, candidates needed a score of at least 751 with a nomination from an Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). It is normal for PNP draws to have high score cutoffs because the provincial nomination itself is worth 600 points. In the previous PNP draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates with scores of at least 760.
Candidates with the minimum score were only invited if they submitted their profiles before April 13th, 2021 at 16:29:29 UTC. IRCC always publishes a cutoff time, whether or not there was an actual tie.
The number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued by IRCC has almost doubled compared to the same time last year. With more invitations comes a higher chance that IRCC will admit its target of 108,500 newcomers through the Express Entry system in 2021. So far this year, Canada has issued 102,779 invitations through the Express Entry system.
The minimum score requirements have been up and down due to the nature of CEC- and PNP-only draws. CEC draws typically have lower cutoffs because the draws are concentrated in the one group of applicants. They are not competing with others in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, for example. So, with bigger draw sizes, IRCC can invite more candidates, thus bringing the score down.
PNP candidates automatically get 600 points with their provincial nomination, so PNP draws will always be higher than any other type of Express Entry draw.
The CRS is out of a possible 1,200 points. The vast majority of Express Entry candidates have less than 500 points.
IRCC invites the highest scoring candidates to apply for permanent residence during regular rounds of invitation. Invited candidates get to officially apply for Canadian immigration.
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